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pf is the OpenBSD Packet Filter, a feature-rich IP-layer firewall used on FreeBSD, NetBSD, and Mac OS X, as well as in the pfSense open-source firewall appliance software.

pf is a Packet Filtering firewall originally developed by the OpenBSD project, and since adopted by FreeBSD, NetBSD and Mac OS X (10.7 Lion & up). pf is also used in the pfSense project's firewall code.

pf features include:

  • Packet Filtering
  • Network Address Translation (NAT)
  • Port Redirection
  • Packet Queueing / QoS
  • Load Balancing
  • "Policy Filtering" (packet tagging)

More information on the pf firewall can be found in the OpenBSD FAQ, including some examples.

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